The RESTORE Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will re-open this coming Tuesday, January 24th. It will open under new the management of co-directors Dan Yost and Maritza Rivera, with the help of many former and new volunteers. RESTORE will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. We wish this re-launch of our RESTORE program will experience every success, and thanks to our crew of volunteers for making the re-launch a reality.
Chili Cook-Off This Sunday …
There will be a Chili Cook-Off this coming Sunday, January 22, after church in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Thanks to the Care Committee who is sponsoring this hour of fellowship, and a chance to get re-connected with Pastor Merritt who returns to the pulpit this Sunday.
… And Future Care Committee Events
The Care Committee have planned some additional fellowship events for early in the year. On Sunday, February 12th, they will be holding a special Valentine’s Day catered Lunch immediately after Sunday service. In March, tentatively on March 12th, you are invited to a Baked Potato Bar in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Care Committee will also be working with our local Cub Scout Pack to plan a special fundraiser sometime in the Spring. Watch for more details about these future events.
Our RUMC Youth Group, R.U.S.H., will be leading our Worship Service on Sunday, January 29th. Please note that January 29th is also a Fifth Sunday, which means a “noisy offering” for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.
Our Methodist Men Report
The Methodist Men completed their “No Christmas Tree Sale” campaign and collected $3,400. This money was immediately plowed back into the church’s general fund to defray our end-of-year obligations.
The men are planning another Flapjack Fundraiser on a Saturday in March—the date to be determined—and they are also planning their annual “Manly Man Yard Sale” for Saturday, May 6th. We will soon be collecting items for the yard sale, so here’s a way to get rid of your old tools, sporting equipment, furniture, and appliances.
Jack Findlay has agreed to be our new Building Usage Coordinator for 2017, and David Burt has accepted the post of Trustee Chair for the coming year. Blessings on these men as they continue to support the infrastructure of the church! (A complete list of our 2017 RUMC Leadership can be found on the About Us page.)
Join the Women’s Retreat in February
A group of RUMC ladies, headed by Sharon Cayce, are planning to attend the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on February 10-12th. The retreat will be held at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Reverend Juana Jordan will be the keynote speaker, and there will be Bible study, music, devotional times, and enrichments. You can find out more information and even register online